Cisco To Acquire Cloupia, MerakiCisco is bolstering its cloud portfolio with two privately held companies that will be integrated into its business. The company said it intends to purchase Cloupia as well as Meraki.
Cloupia specializes in automating converged data center tasks and enables admins to deploy and configure physical and virtual resources from a single management console. Cisco said that the software complements its Unified Computing System (UCS) and Nexus switching portfolio with a single "pane-of-glass" view into the automation of compute, network, storage, virtual machine, and operating system resources.
Cisco said that it will pay approximately $125 million in cash for Cloupia and integrate the business into its Data Center Group.
For $1.2 billion, Cisco is acquiring Meraki, which offers Wi-Fi, switching, security and mobile device management centrally managed from the cloud. Meraki solutions support BYOD, guest networking, application control, WAN optimization, application firewall and other advanced networking services. According to Cisco, Meraki will enable Cisco to offer more software-centric solutions to simplify network management, and help customers "empower mobile workforces."
The acquisition is expected to close in second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013.
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